It looks like some bookmaking is in my near future, so I decided to compile in one spot photographs of all the books I've made (I don't think I'm missing any...). I became interested in book arts several years ago when I somehow learned about the craft of non-adhesive bindings. I've always loved books - particularly the tactile value of them - so I was thrilled to discover they were something I could build myself. Here's the very first book that resulted, its cover adorned with a hand carved leaf stamp.
As I uncovered more tutorials, instructional books, and supply sources, I learned that a wealth of different book structures were possible. I graduated to books that utilize pages which are sewn together and are either sewn to their covers or joined with glue. I started collecting gorgeous tools and materials that now make me happy to just to look at! Bone folders, awls, needles and thread, wax, book board, text paper, cover paper, PVA, adhesive brushes. Ahhhhh.
Here are all the photos I could locate of subsequent books, in no particular order. Which is your favorite? Is bookbinding a skill that you'd like to learn?
|Mexican embroidery inspired wedding guestbook|
|Christmas ornament book|
|Spectrum art journal|
|Japanese stab binding|
|Italy Coptic journal|
|Hunter's Words of Wisdom journal|
|Genealogy Coptic journal|
|Advice for the Newlyweds Coptic book|
|Gavin's Words of Wisdom journal|
|Botanica longstitch journal|
|Frequent concept book|
|Metal Heart concept book|
|Rochester wedding guestbook|
|Celebrate birthday guestbook|